and a shot at grabbing the top seed in the AFC.They only need a win to ensure the No. 2 seed and they are up 21-3 over the Jets after the first half of play at Gillette Stadium. They’ll need the win and losses by both the Chiefs and Chargers in order to set up a playoff schedule that won’t require them to play a road game.Tom Brady has thrown three touchdown passes to three different players and he’s hooked up with seven different receivers overall on his way to going 16-of-22 for 165 yards. Sony Michel and James White have added 56 yards on 10 carries and the Patriots offense has the balance it was missing a week ago.The Jets have put together two drives into New England territory White Steve McLendon Jerseys , but settled for a field goal on the first and saw the second end when Sam Darnold‘s fourth down pass to Robby Anderson into the end zone fell incomplete. Darnold is 7-of-13 for 81 yards in his first career game against the AFC East champions and also leads the team in rushing thanks to a 28-yard scramble. Yes, it’s true that the Patriots wouldn’t have signed receiver Antonio Brown if they’d known about the lawsuit that was filed one day after his contract was signed. Ian Rapoport of the NFL reported it on Sunday morning, and PFT has confirmed it.As if it needed confirmation. Or reporting. What NFL team would have signed Brown in the immediate aftermath of the filing of a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape? At a minimum Steve McLendon Jerseys 2019 , the Patriots and any other team would have investigated the situation before signing Brown — especially with his accuser clearly willing to cooperate.Everything changes when the lawsuit arrives the contract is signed. Civil lawsuits are filed (or at least threatened) against players all the time. Firing a player based solely on uninvestigated and uncorroborated civil allegations would set a horrible precedent, for the Patriots or any other sports organization.This doesn’t mean Brown is in the clear. The findings of the NFL’s formal investigation, the findings of any informal investigation in which the Patriots may engage White Quincy Enunwa Jerseys , and/or the potential filing of criminal charges (the local district attorney has said his office will look into the incident that allegedly occurred in Pittsburgh) could prompt the Patriots to eventually sever ties with Brown.Until that happens, Brown remains a member of the team. As he would be for any NFL team that signed him (and gave him a $9 million signing bonus) one day before finding out that the lawsuit against Brown was filed.